U.S. film director of Italian origin Roberto Minervini is the special guest of the third edition of the American Independent Film Festival, due at Cinema PRO in Bucharest during April 12-18. Minervini will introduce the most interesting independent films in the recent American film history to the Romanian movie lovers.
AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES BY ROBERTO MINERVINI will include films directed by Roger Corman, Barbara Loden, Bill & Turner Ross. The film screenings will be hosted at the Peasant Museum Cinema.
Famous for his unconventional documentaries that propose a visionary and poetical insight into humankind and a review of the U.S. current social and political landscape, Minervini is also making low-budget films, avoiding public funds and working with amateur actors.
The constant humanist vision of the director, as well as the subtle capture of his characters’ feelings are also found in his documentaries to be viewed in his presence: “The Other Side” and “What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?” The two documentaries will be screened for the first time in Romania.
“The Other Side” is portraying the white working class, devastated by drugs, impregnated with racism and violence, through the story of Mark and Lisa, two drug addicted living near Louisiana, where more than 60 per cent of the inhabitants are jobless.
“What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?” action is also located in the South, somewhere between Louisiana and Mississippi, immediately after Donald Trump has been elected as US President. The film is combining artistic footage from the Mardi Gras annual parade in new Orleans, with three Afro-American stories, about Renaldo and Titus, two young brothers living with their mom in Mississippi and Judy Hill, the owner of a bar in Louisiana, victim of the domestic violence. The third story gives insights into the activity of the New Black Panthers party, which is protesting against auhtorities whom it blamed for the death of three innocent civilians: Alton Sterling, Phillip Carroll and Jeremy Jackson.
For the „American Perspectives by Roberto Minervini” section, the filmmaker has picked “The Intruder” (1962) directed by Roger Corman, “Wanda” (1970), by Barbara Loden, and “Tchoupitoulas” (2012), directed by brothers Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross.